Free virtual event looks to educate Atlantans on nature in their own backyard

Park Pride, Trees Atlanta and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance have teamed up to host an event about Atlanta’s tree canopy

While people have been staying home amid the coronavirus outbreak, the phrase “nature is healing” has repeatedly popped up on social media.

While the posts range in seriousness — from clearer water to say, raccoons in libraries — it is true that there have been benefits to the natural world with less human activity the last couple months. And here in metro Atlanta, some entities want to teach residents how to reconnect with the nature in their own backyards.

That’s the focus of an upcoming virtual event hosted by Park Pride, Trees Atlanta and West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, “Deep Roots: Reconnecting to the nature in your backyard.”

The free, online event is part of the series “Nature for All,” which aims to educate people in Atlanta about the city’s tree canopy and how residents can protect trees in their communities.

The upcoming event on June 2 will specifically focus specifically on southwest Atlanta, where "a large portion of our tree canopy with the greatest ecological value resides," according to a Facebook event post.

The event will focus on trees in that are and how to get involved in protecting trees across the city, according to the organizers.

Trees Atlanta has been active in the city for more than three decades, trying to preserve the city’s famed tree canopy, which has earned it the nickname “city in the forest.”

The AJC has previously reported on data from the Global Forest Watch that found the tree canopy in Fulton County decreased by 16% between 2001 and 2007.


Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, June 2
Online event